LAHORE  - Prices of essential commodities like fruit and vegetables witnessed a sharp rise at city’s Sunday markets.

Dealers said the prices soared because of the ongoing agitation, which affected supply of perishable items from other areas to Lahore’s main markets. Consumers however termed it an artificial shortage.

Interestingly, official rate lists remained unchanged and customers were seen arguing with vendors who were saying that their purchasing price was much higher than the official rates. A few vegetables and fruit , however, were sold at official rates. Officials were absent, majority of stalls were vacant as vendors could not reach markets due to unavailability of transport.

As per details, ladyfinger, luffa, pumpkin, mehti, green chilli, brinjal, capsicum carrot, radish, mongray, cabbage, pea and many others were not sold in many markets due to price fixation issue. New potato price was stable at Rs 40 to 42 per kg, sugar free fixed at Rs 24 to 26 per kg, and stored at Rs 17 to 19 per kg, new mix and sugar free both were sold at Rs 42 per kg. The price of onion further declined by Rs 7 per kg, coming down to Rs 47 to 50 per kg, mixed grade was sold at Rs 50 per kg. The price of tomato increased by Rs 15 per kg, fixed at Rs 95 to 100 per kg.

Garlic China price increased by Rs 10 per kg, fixed at Rs 126 to 130 per kg, and garlic local fixed at Rs 111 to 114 per kg, while all variety was sold at Rs 120 to 130 per kg. Ginger Chinese price was fixed at Rs 161 to 166 per kg, and Thai at Rs 101 to 104 per kg, and it was sold at Rs 170 per kg. The price of brinjal gained by Rs 8 per kg, it was fixed at Rs 36 to 38 per kg, but not sold due to wrong pricing issue.

Cucumber local price fell by Rs 7 per kg. It was fixed at Rs 36 to 38 per kg, but it was not available due to wrong pricing. Bitter gourd price remained unchanged at Rs 73 to 75 per kg. Spinach price gained by Rs 2 per kg, fixed at Rs 26 to 28 per kg, sold at Rs 50 per kg. Market committee officials issued rates for spinach at Rs 50 per kilogram to vendors instead of official price list rate of Rs 28 per kg. Lemon Chinese price was fixed at Rs 53 to 55 per kg, sold at Rs 60 to 80 per kg.

Zucchini farm price was fixed at Rs 38 to 40 per kg, and zucchini long price was fixed at Rs 33 to 35 per kg, not sold on wrong pricing issue. Ladyfinger price gained by Rs 10 per kg, fixed at Rs 63 to 65 kg, not sold. Pumpkin increased by Rs 15 per kg, fixed at Rs 48 to 50 per kg, not sold on account of wrong pricing issue. Luffa price increased by Rs 5 per kg, fixed at Rs 68 to 70 per kg, not sold due to pricing issue. Green chilli price was unchanged at Rs 88 to 90 per kg, not sold due to pricing issue.

Capsicum gained by Rs 5 per kg, fixed at Rs 117 to 120 per kg, not available on wrong price issue. Coriander price increased by Rs 40 per kg, fixed at Rs 130 per kg, sold at Rs 200 per kg. Beans were at Rs 60 per kg, but sold at Rs 200 per kg. Carrot price was stable at Rs 26 per kg, not sold due to wrong pricing issue. Sold outside at Rs 40 to 50 per kg. Methi price increased by Rs 10 per kg, fixed at Rs 48 to 50 per kg, not sold due to pricing issue, and sold outside at Rs 80 per kg. Turnip was fixed at Rs 36 to 38 per kg, sold at Rs 50 per kg.

Radish price was fixed at Rs 9 to 10 kg, not sold due to wrong price issue, while outside bazaars sold it at Rs 40 per kg. Mongray price gained by Rs 10 per kg, fixed at Rs 82 to 85 per kg, not sold on account of wrong pricing. Cauliflower gained by Rs 10 per kg, fixed at Rs 48 to 50 per kg, and cabbage by Rs 5 per kg, fixed at Rs 38 to 40 per kg, not sold due to wrong pricing issue. Pea price was fixed at Rs 97 to 100 per kg, not sold.

Prices of different varieties of apples were fixed at Rs 58 to 120 per kg, sold at Rs 80 to 140 per kg. Banana A-quality price was fixed at Rs 48 to 50 per dozen, and B-quality at Rs 28 to 30 per dozen, mix grade was sold at Rs 50 per dozen. Pomegranate Kandhari A-quality price increased by Rs 10 to Rs 155 to 160 per kg and B-quality at Rs 117 to 120 per kg. B-quality was sold at Rs 150 to 160 per kg. Pomegranate bedana price was fixed at Rs 221 to 229 per kg, sold at Rs 250 per kg. Guava price was fixed at Rs 48 to 50 per kg, sold at Rs 60 per kg.

Musami price was fixed at Rs 78 to 80 per dozen, sold at Rs 80 to 100 per dozen. Grape Fruit price was fixed at Rs 17 to 18 per piece, B-quality was sold at Rs 15 to 18 per piece. Water nut price was fixed at Rs 48 to 50 per kg, sold at Rs 40 to 60 per kg. Sweet potato price was fixed at Rs 38 to 40 per kg, sold at Rs 50 to 60 per kg. Papaya price was fixed at Rs 78 to 80 per kg, sold at Rs 100 to 120 per kg.